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loc82
02-14-2017, 08:49 AM
Hey guys, I was wondering what your thoughts are about launching with a Honda Pilot. I'm a first time boat owner and I don't have a vehicle that I feel comfortable towing my boat with yet. I do plan on getting a Tundra later this year but for now I'm stuck with a Honda Pilot. I don't plan to tow the boat anywhere. I'm going to keep it at a marina that offers both in and out service and outdoor storage with launch use. I planned on doing the in and out service at first but the self service launching is $1,000 cheaper. My Pilot is rated to tow 3,500 lbs. Do you guys think I could get away with launching the boat without a.) ending up in the river with my car b.) destroying the transmission? Thanks

lsupcar
02-14-2017, 10:09 PM
I've used a FWD 2010 Pilot to move my Mojo around my drive way and in and out of the garage due to its short wheelbase improving maneuverability. I have not taken it over about 5 mph or up or down any inclines.
Is your pilot 4wd? If so I think you'd have a better chance of getting back up a ramp and the towing capacity is higher then the 2wd model, but would still be over capacity with a Mojo.
I'm not sure about the tranny, but it would be more of a traction situation on the ramp. Just try creeping around with the boat in tow for a little while getting a feel for the load. If it feels like too much, then stop. If not try backing down and back up the ramp a little bit at a time, very slowly.
If your try it, keep your window open so you can escape if you get pulled into the water.

mmandley
02-15-2017, 10:00 AM
If your Pilot doesn't have at least the 3inch receiver on the hitch, then you could likely cause damage to the vehicle its self. not only does the vehicle have a weight rating but the Hitch also has one.

deerfield
02-15-2017, 11:41 AM
... at least the 3inch receiver ....

Mike, did you mean to say two inch receiver?

jtatexc
02-15-2017, 11:48 AM
Mike, did you mean to say two inch receiver?
Every inch counts[emoji38]

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mmandley
02-15-2017, 12:14 PM
Mike, did you mean to say two inch receiver?

Yes your correct at 2"

I always think 3 because my truck has a 3" receiver but a reducer to make it 2"

patrick232
02-15-2017, 01:43 PM
Yes your correct at 2"

I always think 3 because my truck has a 3" receiver but a reducer to make it 2"

Mike always padding your stats, lol

Prospersigman
02-15-2017, 04:02 PM
Brings the whole girth or length discussion to mind...;)

mmandley
02-15-2017, 05:49 PM
Boy did I derail this thread or what lol

c h r i s
02-15-2017, 06:00 PM
I have a mojo, and I have a pilot and I strongly suggest you do not attempt this. Mind you, my pilot only has a 2" receiver...

parrothd
02-15-2017, 06:24 PM
Depends on the launch ramp, getting out you may not have enough traction. Definitely put the trans in 1st or low..��

sivs1
02-15-2017, 06:32 PM
Brings the whole girth or length discussion to mind...;)

Some say it's not the size that counts but how you use it!

sandm
02-15-2017, 06:40 PM
https://i.redd.it/caou8qeafhcx.jpg

sandm
02-15-2017, 06:42 PM
think he's trolling for this:
http://www.smartambala.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Dirty-sexy-car.jpg